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What I’m doing with my life
Grad student at UW-Madison. My field is human-computer interaction, but basically I just hang out with robots all day. I'm trying to teach them how to talk and interact with humans. This is a skill that my idiot robots really suck at. They blend right in at the computer science department holiday parties.

The best and most unexpected part of my life over the past 5 years of grad school is the amount of traveling I've gotten to do. Some sucker (my advisor) keeps thinking it's a great idea to send me to conferences around the world, places like Japan, Australia, Scotland, Korea, and Germany. For the first 6 months of 2014, I was on a fellowship in Paris. This was an amazing experience, during which I did a fair amount of research work (French robots are also dumb), drank a lot of cheap wine, and learned very little French.
I’m really good at
Academia. I'm not so good at this "real life" thing that some people claim to have and excel at. But I'm trying.
The first things people usually notice about me
My corporeal nature.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Weird speculative fiction. Haruki Murakami, Ursula K. LeGuin, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, George R.R. Martin, Iain M. Banks, Isaac Asimov, etc.

Movies: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Memento, The Prestige, American Psycho, Black Swan, Troll 2, The Room (!!!)...

Shows: Hannibal, Breaking Bad, Arrested Development, The Walking Dead, Louie, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Twin Peaks, Lost, Childrens Hospital, Rocko's Modern Life...

Music: In general, as long as it isn't country, I'm pretty open to a lot of genres and styles. I love going to concerts, shows, raves, clubs, festivals, pow wows, dance parties in creepy basements, you name it. Let's go!

Food: I love all foods, except (and this is a big exception) anything pickled. Pickled eggs, pickled rice, pickled turnips, pickled pickles. Disgusting. I truly believe that pickles are cucumbers soaked in evil. However! If you are a person that loves pickles, you will love [having meals with] me. Anytime I get a meal and there is an unwanted pickle on my plate, BOOM, that pickle is all yours. I may throw it at you, so stay alert.
The six things I could never do without
(1) coffee
(2) google
(3) something to read
(4) someone to talk to about that crazy thing I just read
(5) my passport
(6) coffee
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Nicolas Cage, and how thankful I am to live in a world in which Nicolas Cage is a thing that exists.